The Oklo Reactor: The World’s Only Natural Nuclear Reactor

August 31, 2012 by  
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Nuclear power is often perceived as a technology that defies the natural order – but simply head to Africa and you’ll find the world’s first and only natural nuclear reactor. Located in the Oklo region of Gabon in Africa, the Oklo Reactor consists of 16 uranium-rich sites where self-sustaining nuclear chain reactions took place billions of years ago. The reactors ran for a few hundred thousand years, averaging 100 kW of power output during that time. Read the rest of The Oklo Reactor: The World’s Only Natural Nuclear Reactor Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: natural nuclear reactor , naturally occurring reactor , nuclear power , oklo nuclear reactor , oklo reactor , renewable energy , The Oklo Reactor

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Global Warming Contributes to the Adaptation and Spread of Deadly Fungus

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Photo via Shutterstock Up-and-coming scientists, particularly those holding an  environmental biology degree , are becoming increasingly familiar with the workings of Earth’s complex atmosphere. And they’re discovering mounting evidence that the life forms on the planet are symbiotically related to the environmental safety net that surrounds it. What is also becoming apparent is that smaller life forms have a biological advantage when it comes to adapting to climate and temperature changes . An alarming new study found that fungus adjusted to the sudden change in temperature nearly ten times faster than frogs, possibly spelling danger for frogs and other creatures as the planet continues to warm. Read the rest of Global Warming Contributes to the Adaptation and Spread of Deadly Fungus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: global warming effects , Grady Winston , tree frogs , Virus adaptation

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